Attorney General William Barr has told colleagues he disagrees with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's conclusion in an upcoming report that the FBI had adequate legal and factual bases to open an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in July 2016, The Washington Post and The New York Times report. Barr has no authority to order Horowitz to change his report, but he can publicly dispute his conclusions. The report also isn't expected to validate President Trump's allegations that the FBI improperly spied on Trump for political reasons. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec lauded Horowitz's report as "excellent work" and "a credit to the Department of Justice," and she urged everyone to read his report when it is released Dec. 9.

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